The ultimate sporting bucket list. Well, mine anyway..

“This is strange one, as I find watching baseball to be boring as bat excrement. But I’d still love to go to Yankee Stadium for a game. Don’t know why; surely the hotdogs aren’t that good?”

The guys at The Roar asked me to be part of their ‘bucket list’ over the summer, and as a freelancer, who am I to turn down work?! For good measure, I threw in some humble bragging about what I’ve already seen.

A few of the obvious one certainly make the list, but there are a few that might surprise, too. All good fun, especially if I manage to tick most of them off…

SKY Sport – The Magazine: The long kiss goodbye

Click to expand my final column for The Magazine, in this month's final issue

Click to expand my final column for The Magazine, in this month’s final issue

Sky Sport – The Magazine (New Zealand): It’s with great sadness that I bring you my last Australian column for the magazine, after Sky Sport in New Zealand decided to pull the pin back in June. I’ve had an absolute ball with the column for almost two years exactly, and I will miss receiving my copy over the ditch every month. It really was a quality read, and I am very proud to have been associated with it.

Editor Scotty Stevenson had some really nice words in his July column:

Great sports columnists are treasures. The best of them know the secret: it may be a serious business, but it’s only a game. Our three regular columnists, Andrew Voss, Tony Johnson, and Brett McKay, do such a great job in keeping that in mind. They are at times hilarious, brutal, and thoughtful, and they show a true passion, which is the whole damn idea.

It truly is the end of an era, with New Zealand’s biggest – and still profitable – general sports magazine ceasing to be. I hope my Kiwi friends can find the same some of quality writing, photography, and layout somewhere soon…